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Giants sign No. 20 pick Chris Stratton for $1.85 million

Jun 13, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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San Francisco and No. 20 overall pick Chris Stratton have agreed to a deal for the exact slot amount of $1.85 million.

Stratton told Jay Lee of that he wanted to sign as quickly as possible to get started on his pro career right away and as an experienced college pitcher who faced strong competition at Mississippi State he should move rapidly through the Giants’ farm system.

Stratton led the SEC in ERA and ranked second in strikeouts this season, ranking as the 18th-best player in the draft class according to Baseball America.

  1. paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    If players have a high likelihood of making it to the majors, especially college players, signing quickly and getting on the field is always the best move…even if you leave a few $100K on the table, you may be able to get to the majors a year sooner and will make any money you may have left on the table back and more.

    • stex52 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Absolutely. For the same reason that draft choices are a better deal than free agents. The faster you can get to those MLB years, the sooner you can show the real return.

      And college is always there when you finish your baseball career.

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